Compassion Ministry

Offering bread for the body and spirit.


What is Compassion?

com·pas·sion noun \kəm-ˈpa-shən\

: sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it.

 -Merriam-Webster Online

Compassion Ministry is a non-profit, inner-city mission of House of the Risen Son and supported by Reading DOVE Christian Ministry Center

 Please help Compassion Ministry in its mission to alleviate suffering caused by poverty and homelessness by sending your tax-deductible donation to:

Compassion Ministry

3438 Penn Avenue

Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania 19608-1180 


House of the Risen Son is a 501 (c)3, nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible.

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We Cannot Do it Without You (From Newspage 11/10/12) (Edited 12-23-13)


We fed 40 people today, but we left so many people without food. We were also able to provide a truck load of coats, blankets, and sweatshirts, but again, we did not have enough for everyone. Like most organizations in these fiscal times, Compassion Ministry struggles to meet the needs of the people it serves. We are so grateful for those of you who have continued to support this ministry.

As we enter into our third year, we want to focus on increasing our giving, and meeting the needs of the growing number of displaced families and individuals in the Reading area. To do this, we need help. Currently, our cost to create 40 bagged lunches is about $55 per week. Food donations are always helpful and much needed. Our lunch bags consist of a sandwich, snack size chips, pretzels, cookies, or cracker, and a drink. Lunch meat and cheese are the biggest expense, and the most needed food donation. However, we are grateful to receive donations of any of these items. Warm clothing (coats, sweatshirts, socks, hats, gloves, and scarfs) are also much needed.

As the American economy continues to struggle, more and more people are out of work and finding themselves faced with the horror of homelessness. Compassion Ministry’s mission is to provide some comfort in a difficult situation, but we cannot do it without your help.

Ways that you can help:

Consider starting a Compassion Ministry fund drive at your work, school, or church.

Contact Don at 610.568.4659 to arrange pick up or delivery of your donation.

Send monetary donations Compassion Ministry, 3438 Penn Avenue, Sinking spring, PA 19608.

Put a team of sandwich makers together for the Friday evening preparations.

Like us on Facebook and stay current on ministry needs, fundraisers, and updates.

Make Compassion Ministry part of your daily prayer life, or add us to a prayer chain.

The Homeless are just like You and Me

 By Don Deihm

 Can we really judge people based on their circumstances? Anyone could find themselves in the same circumstances with a single change in life events. Ask yourself the following questions.

 Have you ever taken something that did not belong to you? Would your life be different if you had been caught? Is it different to steal for fun than to steal for survival?

 Have you ever smoked pot or taken drugs? What if the pot you smoked or the drug consumed contained some substance that damaged your brain forever, preventing you from being able to make healthy choices ever again?

 Have you ever driven home drunk? Were you caught? How different would your life be if you had killed someone? I and many of my friends made that mistake. I can only imagine where I would be now had I not made it home safe each time.

 Did you have sex at a very young age? How different would your life be if you had gotten pregnant and were forced to drop out of school? Would you ever have had the opportunity to feel part of anything anymore? Would you ever have had the chance to pursue your dreams?

 Did your family have problems? What if those problems caused your family and home to split, or you ended up out on your own at a young age?

 Let us not forget the military Veterans who risk their lives fighting for our freedoms, only to come home after many long years in hostile countries to find that nothing and no one is waiting for them. Could you live your life with no emotional support knowing that you may have killed innocent women and children?

 Did you ever tell the man on the corner asking for change to get a job? How do you complete a job application when you have no phone number, no address, and no references? If you lost your job tomorrow, how long would it take before you would end up homeless?

 These situations change lives. If you have participated in or experienced any of these events, your life may have ended up very differently. So many of the people I meet on the street have suffered the worst of the consequences associated with these circumstances. It could have been you.

Compassion in the Reading Eagle

Sunday December 22, 2013                                                                                                                     By Bruce Posten

Impact of Christmas donations last year still felt

 Collegiate Churches of New York's Christmas distribution of $50,000 among 15 Berks County nonprofits last year may have stretched a benevolent gift thinly for those who serve the poor.

But its symbolic value continues to remain powerful.

The grants were given during the Reading premiere of Odyssey Networks' production of "One Christmas Story: People Rich in Spirit" in advance of a national CBS Christmas Eve broadcast last December.

One holiday season later, a sampling of some of the beneficiaries indicated the residual impact of the monetary donations lingers.

"We thought the Odyssey program was great and kept our city and its problems before the public eye," said Sharon Parker, executive director of the Berks Coalition to End Homelessness, which coordinates services with 50 local social service agencies.

The coalition was one of the 15 agencies that received grants, she said.

"We used the money for our street outreach program, buying blankets, water and toiletries for the homeless," Parker said. "That churches in New York reached out to Reading because of this television program was a wonderful thing. More cities need to do that, to step up and help those in the places that the government doesn't reach."

Even so, Parker said the poverty in Reading remains significant and the challenges are great.

"The struggle continues," she said. "Over the past year, there have been sequestration, cuts to food stamps, cutbacks to homeless prevention services, including rental and utility assistance, that keep people from becoming homeless. The fact is some people have become sick, have lost jobs or are one or two paychecks away from becoming homeless."

Gwendolyn Didden, executive director of Family Promise, which works with local congregations to shelter families and relies on 500 to 600 volunteers throughout the county, said the agency received $1,000 and reapplied for another grant next year.

"I do credit the program with raising awareness of the plight in our community," she said.

"We have a slogan here that says, 'Nobody leaves here without hope,' " Parker said. "I think we have been energized to serve and try to meet the needs."

And Didden specified that one of those needs is for a family shelter where families and children can be kept together as a unit when faced with the possibility of a housing dislocation.

In other ways, large and small, funding from Collegiate Churches of New York impacted other projects, including a summer camp arts program for children run by the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts and a YMCA of Reading and Berks County parenting program called Baby University. Both agencies received $1,000 grants.

For Tara Deihm, a coordinator for the compassion ministry of Reading's Dove Christian Ministry Center, a $1,000 grant meant providing more food for the homeless, serving 80 people a week rather than 50.

"This was our first grant ever," she said. "Everything we do is done by volunteers. We distribute bag lunches to the homeless where they are in the woods, under bridges, along railroad beds and in caves.

"We never focused on all the poverty labels given to Reading. We felt this grant came at a time when we needed it. We always believed we get more when we need more. My husband calls that God's timing."

Contact Bruce R. Posten: 610-371-5059 or


 Saturday, May 19, 2012

A Testimony from Mario

September, 2011

Just a first hand account of my experience today with this group. It was my first time doing anything of this nature, however after today it will not be my last :) I was able to meet three amazing individuals from the group today with different backgrounds all with a similar mission. Paul-jay, Mike, and Doug it was a pleasure hey not to mention Nick and good ol Cleveland! Bringing not just food but the necessary supplies need to survive a life that some have chosen others deal with if only temporarily. I just was there to see the icing on the cake all the hard work was already completed. Meals prepared, donations accepted, relationships established! People are being helped in ways far beyond full bellies and this organization is about people doing the right things for these needy individuals for all the right reasons! Any and all support given to Don is going to a man who will assemble a team of volunteers to make sure it goes to the best possible use! Thank you Compassion for doing what you do! If anyone has any doubts about what this team is about get out on a Saturday to see for yourself, Promise you'll be impressed :)

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